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August 2-6, 1999 / Mordad 11-15, 1378


* Politics
- Cheshemun kur

* The Iranian:
- Distasteful


* Photo:
- Creepy feeling
- Under his nose, but unaware
- It was us
- Shah & Farah are to blame

* Jews:
- Something really wrong
- Acceptance

- Remember who you are
* Review:
- Excellent job

* Protests:
- Slogans won't do it

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August 6, 1999

* Cheshemun kur

goftegoo-ye shomaa raa dar The Iranian khoundam ["It's the civil society, stupid"]. khodam raa dar har do nafar shenaakham. man chand ruz pish az tehraan aamadam va jelo-ye khaabgaah-e daaneshgaah budam ["The spark"], do ruz ba'd az hamleh-ye ansaar-e hezb-e sheytaan -- beh qol-e khod-e daaneshju-haa.

man do taa nazar daaram:

1 - mardom digeh hoseley-e enghelaab nadaarand vali agar ozaay-e eqtesaadi avaz nashavad shuresh-haaee anjaam khaahad gereft. goftam shuresh nah enghelaab.

2- khaak bar sar-e maa keh enghelaab kardim cheshemun kur , chubesh ra baayad bokhorim taa dasteh va kunemunam besuzeh keh digeh az in ghalataa nakonim. albateh man 22 saalameh va 10 saaleh keh faraanseh hastam va faqat een aakhund-haa raa didam.

hezbolaahi-haa va basiji-haa hanuz chehreyeh vaghe-eeye khodeshun ra neshun nadaadan. khaahim did keh inhaa cheqadr heyvaan hastan. dar ayande shuresh khaye andjam khanad ghereft va een heyvaan-haa baa komak-e rohaniyun-e qom shuresh-haa raa betor-e vahshiyaaneh sarkub khaahand kard. pas khatami raast amal mikoneh cheraa keh midun-e inhaa cheqadr vahshi hastand.


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* Distasteful

I find your welcome page very distasteful. Also a moving eyeball is not a very pleasing and tasteful sight to behold.

Ali Abrishami

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August 5, 1999

* Creepy feeling

Your current picture on the cover unknowingly has de-humanized a family portrait by eraising their eyes, it gives the on-looker a creepy feeling. I thought maybe you wanted to know, that's all.


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* Under his nose, but unaware

To answer Salamr's questions:1) I left Iran 2.5 years ago, and 2) I was 62.5 years old. I agree that our people marched the streets and wanted a change of the regime without realization of what they might get is going to be worse than what they had.

I am old enough to remember that when Mohammad Reza first became king, he drove through the streets of Tehran and saw the people and a lot of times stopped and talked to them.

In fact for a few years I used to live on Kakh Street and watched him drive from his office during the summer and going to Saadabad Palace around noon with only a couple of cars escorting him. People had direct access to him and he could see the city and be in-touch while traveling to his destination.

Little by little he was distanced from the people and his source of information and contacts became those who were close and fed him what he liked to hear or whatever it was to their personal benefits which mostly were far from the truth.

I blame the Shah because with all the sources of information that he had available to him (i.e. SAVAK, military intelligence, counter-intelligence, etc.), he was supposed to be well-informed and educated. But he was unaware of what was going on under his nose, until it was too late. Or they briefed him and he did not pay any attention.

What I wonder about is whether Mrs. Pahlavi ever offere any advise to Mr.Pahlavi the same as she is offering Mr. Khatami? or was she also unaware of what was going on or, was she aware and didn't take it serious because they thought they were untouchable?

By the way, since the Shah knew that he has a terminal desease, wasn't it better for him to remain in the country and die there as a hero? Even if he was killed, he would have always been remembered as a martyr.

F. Rafat

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August 4, 1999

* Acceptance

I was so moved when I read the piece by Shima Jalalipour ["After all, I am Iranian"]. I admire her closeness to her culture and I congratulate her parents for raising such a fine Iranian. However, it saddens me that I cannot say the same about myself.

I am half Iranian half Arab, a mixture some people say is doomed from the start, culturaly speaking. I have only lived in Iran for the first two years of my life. After the revolution I moved with my mother, my Arab side, to live in the Arab world, while my father, the Iranian, moved to the United States.

I was raised as an Arab my whole life, speaking Arabic and abiding Arabic customes. That did not spare me discrimination, however. I was always an Iranian, an outsider, among Arabs. Later, after my Iranian-cultural awakening, I learned that Iranians considered me an Arab.

It was not until I turned 16 and came to the United States to study that I felt the need to be in touch with my Iranian side. Being away from home, whereever that is, I knew I had a long way until I can figure out who I am and where I belong. I guess the thing is that I love both sides of me.

I read The Iranian Times everyday, just as I read "Al-Sharq Al-Awsat", the Arabic newspaper. Iranianness has always been within me. However, putting feelings into words and actions needs a little more than having an Iranian parent and loving Iran.

It is still a new world to me, and trying to conquer it is not as easy as it seems. I have been reading as much as I can about Iran. I have been taking Persian (language) classes. I have been trying to make Iranian friends, as difficult as that is, with my broken Persian and Arabic name.

At the same time, I am proud of where I am now, considering that I started from scratch. I am 21 years old now and a junior in college. My short-term goal is to be fluent in Persian by the time I graduate. My long term goal? Acceptance...


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* It was us

I am writing in response to the letter "Shah and Farah are to blame". Mr. Rafat, I have a couple of questions for you. 1. When did you leave Iran? 2. How old were you?

It is extremely unfortunate that you, like so many others, find it very easy to blame OUR king and queen for Iran's current pathetic social, economical, and political climate. We brought the revolution unto ourselves.

It is very easy to blame the United States but ultimately it was Iranians marching in the streets looting the palace like a bunch of nadeed padeeds; it wasn't the Americans. It was Iranians who believed a gross man, who didn't even speak the Persian language properly, was going to save them. How wrong those people were.


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August 3, 1999

* Shah & Farah are to blame

It is very interresting to see Farah Pahlavi's comments about mistakes made by her late husband, the Shah of Iran, mistakes that eventually ended his dynasty and caused milions of Iranians to lose their lives or become refugees in other countries and face insults. Last but not least, our wonderful country has ended up in a bankrupt and ruined state with no immediate hope for a better the future.

She admitted that if her husband had realized the need for freedom, we wouldn't be where we are today. During the Shah's rule, she was very much involved in many of the decisions or if she was not involved, she definitely was aware of what was going on. Can she really claim that she knew all this and didn't do anything about it? If so, she betrayed everybody and she is a traitor.

It is very easy to make these comments after twenty years, now that her poor husband is dead and unable to defend himself against allegations about the way the country was run. But when he was alive, did anyone dare make any constructive comments or tell him that what he is doing is wrong? Did Farah ever listen to anyone about things which were insulting to religious people, such as nude dancing at the Shiraz art festival?

The fact is that Farah and her husband were surounded by a bunch of selfish people as well as relatives who were involved in their own interests. But I think most Iranians blame Mrs. Pahlavi's husband for what has been brought upon them. At least I do.

F. Rafat

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* Something really wrong

I would not discuss the different parts in the article regarding the 13 Jews arrested in Iran ["Harmful favoritism"], but I would like to say that it is the most stupid thing for a judiciary system to make decisions based on what other governments say about the people brought to its judgment. It only shows there is something really wrong with the law in the country.

Maybe Khatami and everyone else, who have been discussed favorably in the foreign media, should also be judeged as spies, or against the Islamic governmtnt.

Farnaz D.

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August 2, 1999

* Remember who you are

I feel the same exact way as you do ["After all, I am Iranian"]. Everything you have said has happened to me as well, but I still have another three years of high school. I also attended private schools all my life and tried to fit in with everyone else even though I was the only iranian girl.

I have long strived to keep my culture alive and thanks to my parents, I know my culture and traditions. I am a professional swimmer and water polo player and just like you, I would get out of practice early to go to chaarshanbeh-souri or sizdah-bedar.

I want to send the same message you did, that we should remember who we are. I am glad to know that there are other Iranian teenagers in the U.S. who want to keep their culture alive just like me. I am right there with you!


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* Excellent job

Somm, you did an excellent job with the article, "How lucky I am". I now want to see the movie, "Children of Heaven". I felt like I saw the movie. I agree with your review and your feelings.

Sister 265

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